Wine by the Numbers

Quiz time! No worries, it’ll be fun. Let’s see how much you know (or can guess) about what goes into making wine. If anything, it’ll give you some fun trivia to break out at your next party, or toView of the vineyard at Wheat State Wine Co
impress your friends at a 
wine tasting.

1. Let’s start with an easy one. How many glasses of wine can you get from one bottle?

a) 6 glasses

b) 4 glasses

c) Wait, you’re supposed to use a glass?

2. Now a little harder. About how many pounds of grapes go into making one bottle of wine?

a) 10 – 20 lbs.

b) 5.5 – 10 lbs.

c) 2 – 2.5 lbs.

3. Now we’re in wine trivia master territory. Depending on the variety of grape, climate and topography, an acre of grapevines can produce about how many pounds of grapes?

a) 4,000 – 20,000 lbs.

b) 24,000 – 40,000 lbs.

c) 44,000 – 60,000 lbs.

The answers are at the end of the article—see how you did!

Wheat State Wine Company by the Numbers

How do things at Wheat State add up? Here on our vineyard at Springhill Farm, we grow approximately 22,000 lbs. of wine grapes per year on 3 acres. Next year we will have an additional 4 acres of plants start to produce.

We cultivate a number of different vines in order to produce our current lineup of eight Kansas wines (and counting). Here’s how the numbers shake out:

  • 550 Vines of Norton: The king of Midwestern red wine grapes (and the state grape of our neighbor, Missouri), Norton is a deep blue-purple grape with a rich, fruity flavor. It needs a long growing season, and so is usually only grown here in the southern Midwest.
  • 500 Vines of Chambourcin: One of the world’s most popular hybrids, Chambourcin is a French-American hybrid known for distinctive dark purple coloring. It’s a very productive grape with high crop yields, and produces aromatic red wines from dry to sweet.
  • 360 Vines of Vidal Blanc: Vidal is a white hybrid grape variety that is very winter-hardy, able to survive the cold temperatures of the dormant winter season. This versatile mid-ripening grape can accumulate high enough sugar levels to make dry wines, but can stay on the vine long into the season for late-harvest wine. Vidal wines have a fruity and mineral aroma with a nice crisp finish.
  • 360 Vines of Seyval Blanc: Like Vidal, Seyval Blanc is a hybrid wine grape variety used to make white wines. It ripens early and is suited to cool climates. Seyval blends well for dry to sweet white wines, and has a crisp, clean finish.
  • 360 Vines of St. Vincent: This French-American hybrid of mysterious origin is a strong, vigorous grape that produces light-bodied wines with complex fruity and nutty overtones. It’s used in dry and semi-sweet reds, usually as a blend.

New grapes that we have planted that will start to produce are Marquette, and Vignoles, as well as more Chambourcin and Vidal Blanc.Baby doll sheep in the vineyard at Wheat State Wine Co

A few more interesting numbers? Wheat State Wine Co is also home to four babydoll sheep who help keep the weeds down under the vines, and one Livestock Guardian Dog, a Great Pyrenees named Ghost.

You can see this firsthand on a free tour of our vineyard and winery, available Fridays and weekends or by appointment. Visit our contact page for details.

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